Pierce County’s election turnout reached 49 percent of registered voters with more mail ballots expected Thursday.
Elections supervisor Mary Johnson-Hall said she is hopeful the turnout for Tuesday’s election will reach the 50-percent mark that she and auditor Julie Anderson predicted.
Even at 49 percent, Pierce County’s turnout – typically the worst among Washington counties – could exceed the statewide turnout for the first time in recent years. Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted a 47 percent statewide turnout.
Johnson-Hall said 203,624 ballots had been received through today out of 415,852 registered voters.
“I think it’s great,” Johnson-Hall said. “I really think that going all vote-by-mail has had a positive impact on our turnout.”